December 17, 2022
Dan Salmon’s first in this series, Neands, was awesome and I am sure that everyone who read it had high standards for the second. Salmon didn’t let us down at all, keeping us on our toes the whole time and immersing us in the events that he laid out on a silver platter for all readers.
Salmon does an excellent job at keeping us reading and interested in whatever occurrence happens next. From learning how to hotwire a car, to running from Neands, there’s always a new adventure. Read more
Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair
December 14, 2022
Wolf’s Lair is the third book in Brian Falkner’s Katipo Joe series. Following on from Joe’s mission of infiltrating Hitler’s inner circle, he is now tasked with travelling to Wolf’s Lair, Hitler’s eastern military headquarters. While he has gained the trust of Hitler, not everything is perfect, with Himmler and Roth starting to be suspicious of Joe. His bosses at M15 want Hitler assassinated, but to Joe, it is not that simple: he wants to find his father and doesn’t want his friends to get hurt by M15’s plans. Read more
Book I of the Eternity Loop series
Penguin Random House New Zealand
October 25, 2022
Indigo Moon is the first book in Merriman’s new series which follows the Black Spiral trilogy. Having read the first trilogy a couple of times, as soon as I saw Indigo Moon, I knew I must read it. This incredible story did not disappoint and met the expectations I didn’t even realise I had.
The story is told from two alternating points of view: Indigo Moon and Rigel Fletcher. Indigo is the 17-year-old daughter of the former VORTEX members (see Black Spiral trilogy) Harper Mehta and Bruno Hoffman. Read more
October 11, 2022
Black Spiral by Eileen Merriman is the last installment in the Black Spiral Trilogy and is sure to get you questioning: are you ever truly safe?
In the near future when a deadlier strain of the measles virus, M-fever, has killed millions and the people you put your trust in every day – nurses, politicians, and police – are corrupt, is there anywhere that is safe, anyone you can turn to? Can you truly trust anyone but yourself?
Johnno and Violet have escaped the clutches of the Spiral Foundation’s compounds only to find that the sinister Foundation is everywhere. Read more
August 24, 2022
‘“You’re my property,” he said, between clenched teeth, “and I’ll dispose of you as I wish.”
Gwenifer is the unwanted child her uncle was made to take in when her mother died. Harry is the village halfwit everyone thinks they have the right to manipulate and exploit. And both of them are people who feel they can never really belong in the judgemental town of Grimblebury.
After an accident and a scandal, Gwen and Harry are forced to leave the village and accompany blind Mother Dorit, the steward’s mother, on a pilgrimage to Ransomwood, the town where a statue of the Holy Mother is rumoured to cry healing tears each day at dawn. Read more
The Uprising: The Mapmakers in Cruxcia
August 2, 2022
‘“Where are we? What is this place?” Sal stood, half asleep, beside the coach that seemed to have stopped in the middle of nowhere…’ begins The Uprising: The Mapmakers In Cruxia, by Eirlys Hunter.
This is a gripping story about Sal, Joe, Francie, Humphrey and their mother, Angelica Santander (all of whom you would have met in the first book, The Mapmakers Race, which you should read first), and their search for their father, Leopold Santander. This quest leads them to Cruxia, a town battling a corrupt corporation trying to take their burial grounds. Read more
Mrs Jewell and the Wreck of the General Grant
The Cuba Press
July 22, 2022
After immigrating to Australia three years ago, Mary Jewell is on her way back to England with her new husband, Joseph – and a hidden fortune. Sewn into the hems of their clothes is gold from the mines – gold enough to buy them a house and land. They travel on the ship the General Grant with over eighty other passengers and sailors, and for a few days everything seems to be going well. No one discovers their undeclared gold. Read more
Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair
July 22, 2022
Joe is back at it again, still deep undercover as Jürgen Weyl, in Brain Falkner’s third and final book in the Katipo Joe series. Published in 2022 by Scholastic, we join Joseph St George again, this time with even more danger and secrecy. This is the closest that any British spy has gotten to Hitler, and Joe must work hard to maintain this cover, but it won’t be easy! Although Joe has friends who know who he is, that just means there is more of a chance to get discovered. Read more
The Blood Traitor
Prison Healer series, Book #3
July 15, 2022
When I first saw this book for review I was so excited, because I had read the first two books of the Prison Healer Trilogy by Australian YA author Lynette Noni and they were so good I just couldn’t put them down.
The Blood Traitor, true to its name, is filled with traitors, spies, backstabbing, and twists that are so mind blowing and intriguing that you will do anything to hide from your chores so you can finish it. The exhilarating battles put you on the edge of your seat, filling you with anticipation and uncertainty. Read more
Queen of Muck
Mary Egan Publishing
July 1, 2022
After a slow start, Queen of Muck by Isaac Thackray turns into an exciting ride. This book is a perfect example of a children’s book at its best. With ballerina brutes, talking foxes, and middle-aged monsters, its story swept me away to another world.
Queen of Muck starts with sisters Lucy and Lily’s grandfather going missing. Then they find a mysterious postcard marked Florez with directions to a bookshop that seems to not open very often. The events after that lead them on a wild adventure, with evil queens, food fights, and a village ruined. Read more